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Buffering Primed For Dubai Sprint
Trainer Robert Heathcote has declared star Australian sprinter Buffering in top physical shape ahead of Saturday night's (Sunday AEDT) Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) at Meydan racecourse, reports AAP. The Al Quoz is the first leg of an international campaign comprising two Gr1 races for Buffering, who will also head to Hong Kong for the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on 1 May. Buffering will attempt to emulate the feat of former high class sprinter Ortensia, who won the 1000m sprint feature at Meydan in 2012. "He is 508 kilograms which is two under his normal racing weight," Heathcote said of the six-time Gr1 winner. "He is eating and drinking well and he looks super. I think he is ready to go at the weekend. Buffering was pretty well spot-on when we left Australia but the trip took a little bit out of him which was to be expected." He added: "But he is bright and seems to have recovered well." Buffering had his final hit-out when breezing over 1000 metres on Tuesday. "It was mainly to give him a look at the track and the big grandstand," Heathcote said. "He was keen, worked enthusiastically and pulled up well. The going was probably a little on the soft side but it should be ideal for Saturday. He's definitely where we want him to be at this stage." The US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) will be run on Saturday at 6:10pm (local time) which will be 1:10am Sunday AEDT.